A step-by-step tutorial on the broken rib stitch knitting pattern. How to knit it flat or in the round.
Do you want to add a little bit of texture to your knitting without losing stretchiness? Then the broken rib stitch knitting pattern might be what you are looking for. It’s a simple 2-row repeat that only requires you to know the knit and the purl stitch.
The broken rib stitch is based on the classic rib stitch. It’s maybe a tiny bit less stretchy and you will notice a tiny bit of curling on the edges if you don’t pick a selvage stitch (like a 3-stitch garter stitch edge).
Strictly speaking, it is not a reversible pattern either. However, as the wrong side is quite lovely, it’s certainly an option to use it for a scarf or blanket, as long as you observe some basic methods to prevent curling.
Let’s dive right into it, eh?
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- Cast on an odd number of stitches using a moderately stretchy cast-on of your choice. As a beginner, a standard longtail cast-on around two needles will be more than fine.
- Turn the work around, remove the second needle, and knit across the whole first row.
- Turn your work around, keep the yarn in front of your work, and start the second row with a purl stitch.
- Bring the yarn to the back and knit one stitch.
- Continue alternating between knit and purl stitches for the rest of the second row, ending with a knit stitch.
- Repeat steps 2-5 until your project reached the desired length.
You may consider casting on 3 additional stitches to create nice and neat symmetrical edges. In this case, the repeat changes to:
Broken rib stitch in the round
Of course, you can also knit it in the round. This pattern could look very lovely for a hat, if you ask me. The best part, the repeat is almost the same:
- Cast on an even number of stitches
- Round 1: knit across
- Round 2: *k1, p1*
- repeat rounds 1+2 until you reached the desired length
Here at the end, there’s one more important tip. No matter if you are knitting this knitting stitch pattern in the round or flat, a lot of knitters struggle with their tension. I have a full tutorial on knitting neater ribbings that may be able to help you understand why some stitches look a bit looser than others.